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Alma, WI.
For more information visit the Alma, WI website! For a free color Alma brochure call: 608-685-3330 or-4442 or write to: Alma City Hall, 314 No. Main, Alma, WI 54610. Email [email protected]
The scenic Great River Road (Wisconsin State Highway 35) will bring you to historic Alma located in the National Historic District, between the beautiful wooded bluffs and the mighty Mississippi River.

River pilots prior to its settlement in 1848 knew the site of Alma as Twelve Mile Bluff. Alma today reflects the "mirror of the past and the vision of the future"...Yesteryear was the good old railroad days; today 30-some trains pass through Alma. In past days logging rafts, canoes and river steamboats paddled by; today barges, pleasure craft and elegant steamboats go by. Today, Alma is a river town filled with gift stores, fine art, antique shops, retail stores, and restaurants and a nice variety of lodging and attractions.

The Wildlife Observation Platform is Rieck's Lake Park, north on Hwy. 35. Volunteers staff the platform daily from mid-October through November for the annual swan watch, when thousands of tundra swans come to rest and feed. Spotting scopes are available. Other times of the year enjoy viewing several waterfowl varieties including bald eagles, egrets, geese & more.

Boat launching ramps are located at both ends of town with ample vehicle parking spaces. A fishing dock, which is handicap accessible, is located on Harbor Road, off Hwy. 35. Bald Eagle viewing is best November through April. Eagles winter and feed below the Lock and Dam #4. Bring a camera!

Alma also has the largest fishing float on the Mississippi, mini golf, canoes and water bikes for rent, overnight boat docking at the Great River Harbor/Campgrounds, houseboat and fishing boat rentals at Northport Marine, live theater productions at Mainstreet Theater, historic walking tours, a walking trail up to Buena Vista Park, the terraced old Alma cemetery with unique tombstones, and landscaped, secret backyard gardens. Some businesses also provide free shuttle service from both marinas.

Don't leave the area until you have taken a drive on one of our well- groomed scenic back roads. Take any county road you want for a delightful experience. You will see contour farming at its best, century old farms, wildlife, spectacular vistas, country churches, rustic steep "dugways" (locals' name for winding roads) and small quaint, rural towns.

A "must" while in Alma is a visit to Buena Vista Park, located on the bluff 500 feet above the Mississippi. Native Americans surely appreciated the area and practiced ecology by burning off the slopes annually to insure the growth of plants and trees they used. According to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Buena Vista Park is "one of the river valley's finest natural balconies."
The breathtaking view of the river, backwater sloughs and Lock and Dam #4 are some vistas all visitors enjoy. Visitors are always intrigued with the several stairway streets linking Main Street to 2nd Street and that most stores and homes have a view of the Mississippi River.
The Alma Community offers a courtesy dock below Lock & Dam #4 in the middle of town for boaters to come off the river to rest, shop or explore.
The Alma Museum is on 2nd Street, open Saturdays and Sundays, May through October. Revisit yesteryear's one room school, doctor's office, an old time kitchen and several other exhibits.
The Alma harbor and beach offers a sandy swimming beach, bath house, recreation area and public boat docking and launching.
Wings Over Alma is a Nature & Art Center located in downtown Alma on Main Street.  The center has a viewing deck overlooking the Mississippi River below Lock and Dam #4 and is equipped with scopes to view nature, eagle and river activities. Viewing eagles in the winter at the center is a "must see".  It is also a local and regional art center with rotating exhibits and a gift shop.  Visitor information is available and the center is open year around every day from 10 am-5 pm.








 
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